Here’s an interesting question for all you classical musicians: do you think it’s necessary to dress more like a pop star in order to impress your audience, even if that means showing a bit of leg to do so?
This is something we often ponder here at the Two Moors Festival as the genre strives to attract a wider, more diverse audience. While we applaud any serious steps taken to make classical music more appealing to everyone and rid it of its supposed “elitist” image, we’re not sure that stripping down is the way to go about it.
Apparently, not everyone is of that opinion, however, with soprano Laura Wright saying this week that female classical singers are now under more pressure than ever to look the part in order to sell more records.
“The world of classical music has become more commercial and more Hollywood in a way. There is a pressure on female musicians to show more flesh during live performances because it creates the wow factor which helps to sell records,” she told the Daily Mail.
“When you’re singing classical arias, you’re not really moving around or dancing so there’s the pressure for the artist to wear an amazing dress which shows legs or cleavage so that the performance is remembered.”
What do you think? Do more risque outfits help classical musicians to be remembered or are they remembered for all the wrong reasons?